Friday Morning Music Shuffle – It’s Up to You Mix


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Well, well, well… with just a couple of days left to vote, we have a dead heat between The Great American Novel and And the Giraffe. This one will truly go down to the wire.  Exciting…

We have pretty cool shuffle today, so let’s jump to it…

Daddy from the album, For a Second Time with I Went to Heaven in a Dream Last Night. “God said everything’s gonna be all right.”  Daddy is Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack and friends. Great song.


 

Next, we have Oh My Sweet Carolina from Ryan Adams’ debut solo album, Heartbreaker. Emmylou Harris sings on this track, which is a sentence I always like to write.



 

Finally, Never Mind the Bollocks…  What’s a Friday morning without a little Sex Pistols.  New York was playing as I reached the building this morning.  Ready to jump to it.


 

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Americana Music Fest Part V – Friday Night

So, when Friday night rolled around, I was running on about two hours sleep and a day at work – plus a 5 hour energy drink I got for free at Live on the Green.  So, to maximize my musical enjoyment and minimize my frustrations, I decided to stick to one venue.  I picked the Cannery Ballroom. The Cannery holds many great musical memories from back in the day.  Most of the shows I saw back in the late 80s were upstairs, but I know of a few shows which were downstairs.



Anyway, I arrived just in time to catch the last song of Shelly Colvin’s 8:00p.m. set, and I heard just enough to wish I had been there the whole time.  The song was beautiful. Shelly is a Huntsville, Alabama native currently living in East Nashville where all the cool people live (Blogger’s Note: I don’t live in East Nashville, so the last statement is obviously false).  She is a genuine, harmonica toting, folk singer.  

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Up Next was Amanda Shires.  Amanda Shires is a Texas born singer/fiddle player, who also currently resides in Nashville.  The first thing I noticed was a familiar looking guitar tech.  Yep, that was Jason Isbell or as he was introduced later when he came on stage a few songs into the set, the future Mr. Jason Shires.  Amanda Shire’s music is Americana/Alt-Country friendly with strong Indie Rock street cred.  Ah hell, it’s just damn good music.  She was backed by a cracking band featuring Rod Picott and supplemented by Jason Isbell on a number of songs.


Next on the bill was Houston native and recent Nashville resident Robert Ellis.  I wasn’t all that familiar with his music, but I really enjoyed it.  It did a new song, Houston, as a goodbye to his hometown, and it reminded me, favorably to Steve Earle’s haunting Goodbye Guitar Town.  The set ran the gamut from slow sad country to all out rockers.  Bonus points in my book for having the lovely  and amazing Caitlin Rose out for a song.  I was a bit further from the stage for this set, so sorry for the quality of the pictures.



The headliner of the evening was the legendary John Hiatt, making a rare Nashville appearance. Hiatt is one of those larger than life/down to earth performers.  He took the stage and powered through an amazing set that included some songs from his (what was then) forthcoming  (out on September 25th) album Mystic Pinball and a slew of songs from across his storied career, including that one that Bonnie Raitt covered and the one Eric Clapton and B.B. King did.  He also, at the request of a loud member of the audience) did the classic Memphis in the Meantime.  I’ve been a huge John Hiatt fan for a lot of years, and this was just an incredibly fun show.  


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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – Downtown Mix


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Wow! There is beauty in sadness and rising life in the midst of decline.  It’s a great big amazing world if you can see past all the b.s. clouding your vision.  Life is hard but it’s only life, and everything is temporary, everyone is temporary.  

Exciting things happening here at Ear to the Ground, which I will be bringing to you soon.  In the meantime, we have an excellent shuffle to start off this possibility filled day….

Bob Dylan is 71 years old and he’s just released his 35th studio album, Tempest, his first since his 2009 Christmas in the Heart album, and it may be the best album he’s made in a number of years. Tempest debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Today, we have Long and Wasted Years.

Next we have some new music from one of our current Featured Artists and Band on the Month nominees. Florida trio Grounded have just released some new music in the form of a released called Sinlong Plethora.  Josh, of fellow Featured Artist – And the Giraffe mastered this collection.  Today we present, Fermentation a whisper to a scream type punk/metal ballad.  I don’t know if that description does the track justice, but it’s a good song.

Get Sinlong Plethora – Here

Next we have music from a Canadian duo called Vulture Kult. They’ve just released their second album called Don’t Let Rock N’ Roll Ruin Your Life and we have the lead off song from that album, Electric Medication a psychedelic sonic assault with some classic rock riffs – the band’s tag line is Rock rebooted for the 21st Century.  A bold statement, but the band seems to back it up.  It reminds me a little bit of the best of The Cult without some of the hippy excesses of that band (I loved The Cult – so don’t send hate mail).  I believe Vulture Kult draws from the same musical stream as Ian Astbury’s old band did and does their own thing with it.

And finally, we have some long awaited NEW MUSIC from Tom Tom Club. Chris and Tina and company are back with their ode to the music that made New York City great.  Downtown Rockers from the EP of the same name-drops all of those great NYC bands from old CBGB days. 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Simultaneous Mix


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ICYMI – Go check out the new Video from the Cosmonauts – our post about it is here:

Also, with just days to go, you can still vote for the Ear to the Ground Band of the Month.  Go HERE to vote. Remember you can vote as often as you want.  Right now, And the Giraffe are leading, but it is still wide open.  So vote now!

To the shuffle:

First up, we have a band we featured back in May when they released their stunning album The Ghost of John Henry. They are back with a new song called Just to Win the Fight  which features Vance Kotrla on 12 and 6 String Guitar, Banjo, Bass and Vocals.  Check it out!

Next up, we have Nashville based Americana recording artist, Derek Hoke, with a song from his most recent record, Waiting All NightLonely Street is the kind of Country song that breaks and warms your heart at the same time.  I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know I’ve walked that Lonely Street many a time.


 
Next we have Land of a Thousand Words which was the second single of Scissor Sisters’ second album Ta-Dah.  The song is a twangy ballad reminiscent of early Elton John (who collaborated on the album if not this song).  

 

We close out this shuffle with the song, Hollowpoint Blues  from the album Shovels and Rope by Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent who record under the Shovels and Rope name. They hail from South Carolina and blue a ragged style of honky tonk music that is all their own.

 
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Cosmonauts "Cold Harbor" plus Free MP3

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A little over a month ago, we posted Cold Harbor, a brand new song from Glen Falls, New York band Cosmonauts along with an interview we did with Bill Hunsinger.  You can check out that interview here.

The band has been teasing the video for the song for a while.  Here’s what Bill had to say about it back back in August:

EttG:  What can you tell you about making the video?
C: That it was a lot of hard work! We filmed all of it, by ourselves, over the course of twenty hours, with multiple locations, tons of extras, and two fantastic actors (including our own guitarist James White). There’s a particularly gruesome scene at the end, and I think it makes for a powerful ending.
Here’s the sneak

TAKE NOTICE!
THE VIDEO CONTAINS STRONG GRAPHIC CONTENT AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED

You’ve been warned now go watch:  I’ve seen it, and it’s really, really good video.  To celebrate, the band is releasing a free download of the song for a limited time only – like get it now!  Here’s the info:
UPDATE: Here’s the Video:

Cosmonauts Official Music Video for “Cold Harbor” ©2012 CosmonautsMusic
Directed by Bill Hunsinger
Director of Photography: Garrett Bean

DOWNLOAD THE SINGLE FOR FREE (Limited time only):http://www.mediafire.com/file/c4u565fn1n1tmnc/01_Cold_Harbor.mp3

Download the band’s latest EP, “The Demise of Daniel Raincourt” for FREE: http://www.mediafire.com/?gfinap4da8c6sl3

For more info visit
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COSMONAUTS “Cold Harbor”
I learned my lonely lesson at sixteen:
“The world is full of girls I’ll never touch.”
the devil is living inside my head,
And these thoughts won’t ever stop.

You learned your
pathetic lesson at seventeen:
“The world is full
Of girls you need to fuck.”

She wanted to be left alone,
But you crawled inside her womb.
Just give her some line,
Like “the stars shine only for you.”
Some girls just grow up lonely.
You know how to dress yourself
Like a man in your coward body.

Dispose of the body that you tore and used.
Her pregnancy’s a burden,
but not for you.
Filling the hills with mounting cries,
Only for the one time you need her.
The warm strain of her breath
In your ear.
Oh, time is running out…
Just give her a sound,

She needs to hear you now.
As you pour yourself a drink,
You know how to dress yourself
Like a man in your cowards body.
She wanted to be left alone,

but you crawled into her room.
Just give her some line,
Like “the stars shine only for you.”
Some boys just grow up lonely.
Oh you know how to dress yourself
Like a man in your cowards body.

Heavenly greens and blues
Float around your room.
I’m running out of time
To take what’s unholy mine.
I’m burning, burning for you.

Hellish whites and reds
Keep poring out of your head.
Oh, god, please sympathize
With your child, full of sin,
Before you bury me, banish me.

Crawl into her womb,
(you feel me, you feel me close)
Caress the warm bloody edge.
Leech her nutrients
(cold hands that sever the bones)
While a hanger rips open your head.
Oh, bleed for me, bleed for me dear.

Fluorescent blurry stars
(you feel me, you feel me close)
Float inside of her eyes.
Nurses push clear fluids
(cold hands that sever the bones)
Into a washed out skin.
You’re dying and dead to me.
Dying and dead to me.

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Tuesday Morning Music Shuffle – Lingerer Mix


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We go stumbling forward into our week. Unsure of our direction and our destination, but ever mindful of the composition of the surface of the road we walk upon.  

MP3 player is now fully reloaded, and we are ready to shuffle  through some of the songs most recently added.

We start out with a cover of an iconic song from the 1980s.  August Featured Artist, The Holograms – featuring our friend Galen Wade – are back with a post-modern version of  the Talking Heads classic, Burning Down the House .

Next up, we have a song by the band Superdrag, the Knoxville, Tennessee based Alternative band.  Superdrag front man John Davis was recently a guest at the Big Star tribute show during the Americana music festival.  This one goes back to 1995 and the band’s first full length album The Fabulous 8-Track Sound of Superdrag. The song is called Sugar.

Next up we have a song from the most recent album by first wave punk pioneers, The Mekons, who are celebrating their 35th year as a band this year.  The band’s 2011 album is called Ancient and Modern and the song today, Geeshie, has a old-timey feel to it.

Finally, we have Canadian Corb Lund from his recent album Cabin Fever with a song co-written by Jason Boland of the Stragglers and Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, and performed by Lund and Carll. Bible on the Dash off the album Cabin Fever, is a great example of the Country side of Americana music. 

 

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Monday Morning Music Shuffle – Paisley Dragon Mix


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Good morning!  It’s a beautiful day here in Music City USA. Working on an amazing mix of songs to add to the playlist tonight – hopefully.  We still have lots to talk about – still two nights of Americana Fest to write about – hopefully I’ll finish before next year’s fest.  We have a generous offer for an interview that we need to get our stuff together and do.

Tomorrow night we are taking part in the World Premier of the new video from Cosmonauts. We brought you the premier of the song, Cold Harbor along with an interview with the band.  Now, the video is ready – we got a sneak peek and it’s amazing, but does contain some graphic and disturbing images… but if you’re up for that, tune in tomorrow.

Our friend’s The Dead Exs have a new album out called, Relovolution. We already brought you the title track. The album is a nice complement to the band’s debut Resurrection – offering a filthy and beautiful blend of rocking blues.  Visit the band’s website for more info.  Right now, the band is tearing up the Lonestar State and playing some dates with the great Ray Wylie Hubbard.

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We shuffles up our Revolving Random playlist and came up with this mix today:

First up, we have a song from the 1984 self-titled debut by Red Hot Chili Peppers.  True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes is a funky, bit of post-punk L.A. rock music. Did you know that Guitarist Hillel Slovak did not appear on this record due to contractual obligations to the band What is This?  

So… Who’s Next? Exactly.  Okay  I’ll stop.  Next, we have Baba O’Riley, the classic song from the classic 1971 Who’s Next album by The Who.

Next we have a 1990s cover of an early 80s song.  The Muffs’ version of Kim Wilde’s first single, Kids in America, was originally released on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Clueless, and was later released on the band’s album Hamburger

 
Finally, we close out with a classic Nashville rock track.  This one comes from the self-titled major label debut by a band called Royal Court of China. The band included members of popular Nashville thrash band The Enemy.  The record included hard rocking songs and more Southern Gothic folk stuff.  The band split after this record with members taking the RCC name further into a Hard Rock direction on the follow up album Geared and Primed, and other members forming The Shakers who followed that Southern Gothic strain to it’s conclusion with a album called Songs from Beneath the Lake. Today, we have the instrumental track, Townsend, TN, which shows off that gothic folk side of the band.

Couldn’t find a video for Townsend, TN so here’s a different RCC song.

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